Apprenticeships to be given legal protection

The government has kicked off its plans to create 3 million new apprenticeships by granting the term legal protection, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced.

BIS argued that protecting the term 'apprenticeship' will enhance its reputation and put it on an even footing with higher education courses such as degrees. Legal protection will enable the government to intervene when the term is used in association with poor quality courses.

The Conservative Party pledged in its election campaign to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

The legal protection will be completed through the Enterprise Bill, draft legislation that aims to promote private sector growth by lowering the costs of doing business.

The Enterprise Bill is set to include:

  • measures to reduce regulation by £10bn over 5 years
  • a review into the business rates system
  • a mandate to set-up a Small Business Conciliation Service to resolve disputes between businesses.

Skills Minister Nick Boles also announced that all public sector organisations will be required to offer apprenticeships:

"We want far more employers to get involved in apprenticeships. This means making sure that we practise what we preach in government, so we're going [sic] require all public sector bodes - schools, hospitals, prisons and police forces - to employ apprentices."

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